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    Recomended training courses?

    Hi all

    Hope its ok here - I thought it best as its to do with the board heading

    I was just wondering if anyone knows of any good training companies/courses for any aspect of IT really.

    We've asked the county about MS courses cheaper for Education, but they dont seem overly interested in the idea.

    If anyone can suggested courses - either 3rd party or from a training company - on, for example: Microsoft (any/every aspect), cisco or equivilent networking qualifications, etc, then please post them here - along with any pricing and whether there is discounts for edu and group booking and/or equipment needed.

    That was a mouthful - hope it made sense.

    Cheers,
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    Re: Recomended training courses?

    I'm in the process of going through the CompTIA qualifications - A+, Network+ & Server+. I've got my A+ (I'm an A+ Certified Software/Hardware Engineer! :twisted: ) and just deciding whether to do Net+ or Server+ first.

    Incidentally, having the A+ & either Net or Server together counts towards your MCSA qualification, & having Net/server+ and Security+ counts towards the MSCE.

    Oh, and exams are around £100 exVAT, not sure if some places give educational discounts...

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    Re: Recomended training courses?

    Not sure about the specifics I'm afraid - but I've always heard excellent things about Learning Tree

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    Re: Recomended training courses?

    In my previous incarnation I was Technical Software Trainer. I heard differing opinions about LT. The courses were heavilly booked with large classes and students shared systems. I would sugegst that you look for courses where the student/tutor ration is about 1:10 or less. This gives the tutor a reasonable expectation that student ability is not tooo stretched, and provides good opportunities for student/class discussion of hot topics.

    Course accreditation is good, but not essential. Although it becomes increasingly beneficial to record any training that you undertake that progresses your skills.

    Go, if possible, by a 'warm reference' - both to course center and tutor.

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    Re: Recomended training courses?

    We are quite lucky here. Lancaster Uni run platform independant sysadmin courses starting from the very easy to the mindbogglingly hard (streaming media over wireless). They also count towards a degree and unlike M$ courses which the market is flooded with these won't expire after a couple of years.

    http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/ictfocus/certs.html

    All require one study day a month and we even get people from Edinbrough turning up. Great value for money and you catually learn something instead of
    having to remember parrot fashion like the M$ courses (been there, done that).

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    Re: Recomended training courses?

    in terms of courses cisco always good bet...

    the euitp course looked quite good...

    Also the bcs degree courses looked good as well..

    Russ

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    Re: Recomended training courses?

    I'm getting a bit more serious about this now. I've asked the Techs [in Powys] if we can't get together and propose a training package to our [high] schools. Our next get together is Dec 1st.

    I recon the Lancaster courses seem great. £575 plus travel - our schools pay a lot more that that on software maintenance - why not maintain the staff who suport it as well?

    I recon if the schools budget £650/£700 per year, every year, that should cover it. Maybe more, then the MS course could be included. At any time we could go off and take Certs if it was felt needed, within that particular years allocation.

    So - anyone have any ideas on justification etc so we can make a bullet proof presentation to our Heads?

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    Re: Recomended training courses?

    I'm currently on the CASA course at Lancaster (see Dos_box's post above). The stuff you learn is indeed very well taught and is the stuff you need to know day-to-day too.

    For those of you that live a little further afiled, I know that there is a guy on my course from Durham (or somewhere 'round there) and he tends to stay in student accomodation the night before to save him having to drive for 2 hours before the course starts.

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    Re: Recomended training courses?

    Great - thanks Ric. It's 2/3 hours from down here. [depending on which routfinder you use!]

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    Re: Recomended training courses?

    I'm on the next NASA course (inducation day 5th April) and just got this email from the course admin
    Hi everyone

    Apologies for sending this blanket email but ICT Focus are currently offering additional places on the Certificate in Network & Systems Administration course at half-price.

    If a colleague from your institution signs up to join you on April's course, we will be able to offer them a place at £285.00 ( NON VAT)

    Please note - this offer is subject to availability

    If you are able to pass this correspondence to any interested parties, I'd be most grateful.

    Many thanks
    Tracy


    Tracy Hargreaves
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    Tel 01524 510425
    Fax 01524 510490

    www.lancaster.ac.uk/ictfocus
    regards

    Simon
    PS This is the 1st course - not the one Ric's on

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    Re: Recomended training courses?

    Cheers Simon.

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    Re: Recomended training courses?

    Hey SimpleSi, can I pretend to be from your organisation, and get a half price course??!!??

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    Re: Recomended training courses?

    Does this mean you've paid full price, and now they are asking you to get other people onto the course for them and the only have to pay half!



    Andy

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    Re: Recomended training courses?

    It seems to me that they are just selling the remaining places cheap - just like the travel industry does.

    IF enough of us hadn't signed up in the 1st place then we would have had no course at all.

    The courses are open to anyone and are well regarded.


    regards

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    Re: Recomended training courses?

    Thanks to DB and SimpleSi! I've just got the ok from SMT, so I'll be on the 5th April NASA!

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